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[hahy-wey-muh n] /ˈhaɪˌweɪ mən/
noun, plural highwaymen.
(formerly) a holdup man, especially one on horseback, who robbed travelers along a public road.
Origin of highwayman
1640-50; highway + -man Unabridged
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  • There was no highwayman, no menacing apparition of any sort, but the fear of some ghostly ravager had been real enough.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
  • That is to say, that is what he did before the episode of the highwayman.

  • Hannah's mind was a blank as to Pope and Gay and she was more interested in the encounter with the highwayman.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • Youve sworn to do all in your power to save this highwayman.

  • A riding-cloak, the relic apparently of a highwayman, hangs behind the door.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • Some suggested that she might even be the highwayman himself.

  • That he was a "highwayman of the seas," a buccaneer and pirate, guilty of blood for gold, there can be no doubt.

  • He was, however, reported to have saved money while he was a highwayman.

  • Why should she, a great lady, take any trouble for a poor devil who was living at an inn on money borrowed from a highwayman.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • "Meaning that he's a drunkard, a gambler, and a highwayman," nodded Kiddie.

    Kiddie the Scout Robert Leighton
British Dictionary definitions for highwayman


noun (pl) -men
(formerly) a robber, usually on horseback, who held up travellers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for highwayman

"one who travels the highways with intent to rob people" (often on horseback and thus contrasted to a footpad), 1640s, from highway + man.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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